I have a confession.
I am a book hoarder. No apologies, no excuses. I love books and bookstores. My home library shows just how much.
One of the most amazing things I learned was that I had three thesaurus’ and no dictionary on my shelves. I know I can simply use the built-in software in my writing program or I can Google it. Sometimes it is easier and faster to pick up a book and find the word myself. There are both limitations and advantages in both procedures.
Knowing I couldn’t find a dictionary on my shelf, I went to the local bookstore and found one. This is the one I purchased: [amazon text=Amazon&asin=0425228622] The Oxford New Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus. This is a small combined dictionary and thesaurus. More space for other books you know.
Once the reorganization occurred I actually found a small dictionary – it was just on the wrong shelf. The dictionary and thesaurus’ have now made it to the donate pile. It’s not very big. I seem to have a difficult time letting go of books.
Another thing I discovered as we have already seen, I have a bad habit of purchasing books more than one. I have found a few duplicates among my collection. The duplicates have also made it to the donate pile.
I have a lot of books and I am okay with that. I don’t intend to change my behavior any time soon. The seduction and promise of bookstores is too much for me to say no to. I will continue to go into bookstores and come out with treasures. Hopefully I will even read some of them.